Russian 400 metre runner Anton Galkin has been flung out of the Olympics for failing a drugs test, the International Olympic Committee announced this morning.  

The 25-year-old Galkin tested positive for an anabolic steroid after finishing fourth in his semi-final on August 21. He failed to qualify for the final.  

Galkin is the 21st competitor to be sanctioned for drug related offences during the Athens Olympics.   

n athletics these include two Olympic champions - Robert Fazekas of Hungary in the men's discus and Irina Korzhanenko of Russia in the women's shot put.

Filed by Mark O'Neill-Cummins